1976 Election Cycle

The 1976 cycle was the first following the Minnesota Republican Party changing its name to the Independent-Republican Party in November 1975. With native son U.S. Senator Walter Mondale as his running mate, Jimmy Carter carried Minnesota by a dozen points over President Gerald Ford in the beginning of what would eventually become a record run of victories outside of the South for Democratic presidential nominees.

DFLer Hubert Humphrey won a fifth nonconsecutive term by 42 points – the most lopsided U.S. Senate election in Minnesota history. Humphrey passed away in January 1978 and widow Muriel Humphrey was appointed to the seat.

Each party retained its respective U.S. House seats – five for the DFL, three for the Independent-Republicans.

The DFL emerged from the 1976 election holding 48 of 66 seats in the state Senate and 104 of 134 in the state House.

Chief Justice Robert Sheran and Associate Justice Walter Rogoscheske each won reelection to the Supreme Court without opposition.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/02/1976 State House, District 67B General John Tomlinson (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 7,811 votes (59.85%) and a winning margin of +19.69
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John Tomlinson Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 7,811 59.85
Michael J. (Mike) Garvey Man Independent-Republican 5,241 40.15
11/02/1976 State House, District 67A General Arnold E. Kempe (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 7,296 votes (68.24%) and a winning margin of +36.49
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Arnold E. Kempe Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 7,296 68.24
John L. Murray Man Independent-Republican 3,395 31.76
11/02/1976 State House, District 66B General Randy C. Kelly (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 8,944 votes (74.38%) and a winning margin of +48.77
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Randy C. Kelly Incumbent Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 8,944 74.38
Mike Haney Man Independent 3,080 25.62
11/02/1976 State House, District 66A General Eugene (Gene) Waldorf (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) won with 7,199 votes (77.05%) and a winning margin of +54.10
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Eugene (Gene) Waldorf Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 7,199 77.05
Eugene (Gene) Piccolo Man Independent-Republican 2,144 22.95
11/02/1976 State House, District 33A General J.R. (Dick) Kaley (Independent-Republican) won with 7,474 votes (60.98%) and a winning margin of +21.95
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
J.R. (Dick) Kaley Incumbent Man Independent-Republican 7,474 60.98
Sister Alcantara Schneider Woman Democratic-Farmer-Labor 4,783 39.02